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MACADAMIA

Macadamia spp.

Macadamia spp. of the family Proteaceae. A couple of the species produce the familiar (and delicious) macadamia nuts and others produce a similar but poisonous nut (bummer!). I am not familiar with this wood so cannot vouch for any of these colors. I note that it appears to be strikingly similar to lacewood in grain and color and somewhat to American sycamore in grain (but not color).

my samples:
All three of my samples are from the same source and likely the same tree and I could not get the color to come out quite right.
All the pics show a purple tint that is not in the pieces themselves, all of which are a slightly pinkish gray brown.


both sides of a sample plank of quartersawn macadamia / Macadamia spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. I could not get the color to come out quite right. As shown here, there is too much of a purple tint in what is actually a pinkish gray brown with the ray flakes showing as slightly more pink than the background.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of flat cut macadamia / Macadamia spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. I could not get the color to come out quite right. As shown here, there is too much of a purple tint in what is actually a pinkish gray brown.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of rift cut macadamia / Macadamia spp. --- HUGE enlargements are present. I could not get the color to come out quite right. As shown here, there is too much of a purple tint in what is actually a pinkish gray brown with the ray flakes showing as slightly more pink than the background.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:


end grain


plank listed just as macadamia


planks listed as Hawaiian macadamia


planks listed as macadamia nut, so presumably these are from the non-poisonous nut variety


macadamia nut slabs, all from the same vendor


macadamia nut scales


pen blanks listed as macadamia / Macadamia integrifolia


scales listed as Hawaiian macadamia nut





turning block dry, moistened, waxed


end grain dry and moistened

This set of pics of a turning block in various states was provided by cane maker Meilie Moy-Hodnett, whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. As Meilie pointed out to me, this is a wood where moistening makes a significant difference in the appearance of the wood, and very much for the better.





jewelry box made from Hawaiian macadamia and a closeup